Probability and logic/meaning: Two approaches (Branden Fitelson)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on April 17th from 4:15-6:15 (NY time) in-person at the Graduate Center (Room 9205) for a talk by Branden Fitelson (Northeastern).

Title: Probability and logic/meaning: Two approaches

Abstract: In this talk, I will compare and contrast two approaches to the relation between probability and logic/meaning.  First, I will examine the Traditional (“Kolmogorovian”) Approach of setting up probability calculi, which presupposes semantic/logical notions and defines conditional probability in terms of unconditional probability.  Then, I will discuss the Popperian Approach, which does not presuppose semantic/logical notions, and which takes conditional probability as primitive.  Along the way, I will also discuss the prospects (and pitfalls) of adding an Adams-style conditional to various probability calculi.

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